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WIKISCOT.COM presents, side by side, the case for Scotland remaining in the UK and the case for Scotland becoming a new country.
Anyone can contribute to it - just click the 'Edit' tab at the top of any page.

Places to start


Pages normally have an 'Edit' tab at the top. Click that, and you're editing.

  • If the page you want to edit doesn't have an 'Edit' tab, it's been locked ('protected'). To see when the protection will expire, click 'Page information' in the menu-column at the top left.
  • You can always suggest an edit, or propose a new page, in the Discussion subpage of any page. Alternatively, email us.
  • The moderators may selectively apply premoderation. If your edit doesn't appear within an hour or so, this will be the reason.
  • Only certain user groups can create new pages - click 'Special pages' in the left-hand menu-column on any page, then 'User group rights'. This right may be extended or restricted as circumstances dictate.


Ground-rules apply to all pages:

  • Be objective.
    • Don't ever attack the content, logic or evidence on another page.
      • If the other page is wrong, edit it.
      • Alternatively, state on your page the position as you see it, then add a note such as, Page (Whatever) takes a different view, arguing that (such-and-such) is not a material factor..
      • Exceptionally, criticism of the contents of a page is allowed on its Discussion subpage; but all the other ground-rules still apply.
    • Don't make selective data look like evidence. If you say, This strategy has failed in three countries, you need also to say how many countries it hasn't failed in.
    • Draw your evidence from sources that are not controversial, and quote them.
  • Respect your opponents.
    • Play the ball, not the man. Don't question an opponent's character or motives.
    • No immoderate language:
      • Even mild expressions like 'unrealistic claims' will be deleted by the moderators; instead, make a specific, evidence-based alternative claim.
      • Call the other side 'Some commentators', or similar. If you really need to be more specific, call unionists 'Unionists', 'Union supporters' or 'the pro-Union side', and call supporters of independence 'independence supporters' or 'the pro-indy side', or similar.
  • Look for consensus.
    • Use the Discussion pages to get readers' opinions on proposed changes.
  • Don't court legal trouble.
    • You're personally responsible for what you post.
    • Don't defame anyone.
    • Violate no copyrights.

The moderators have wide powers to discourage abuse, including blocking pages and users for shorter or longer periods of time.

Email wikiscot

Email us here, but remove the extra 't' in 'scot'.

Call for articles

This is a call by for start-up articles for pages which do not yet exist, or for which we have only a skeleton.

We will pay for each article, using some or all of the following elements:

  • By-line for the author.
  • Links to a website and to social media accounts specified by the author.
  • Text to be locked (i.e. uneditable) for three weeks from publication.
  • Fee of up to £100.

These terms are negotiable. Articles accepted under this arrangement will carry a header saying that the article was commissioned and saying whether a fee was paid or not (but the amount will not be disclosed).

Our immediate needs are:

  • Performance of the Scottish NHS compared with other countries.
  • An overview of the projected Scottish economy
    • over the first three years after independence.
    • over the next three years, staying in the UK.
  • Performance of the Scottish education system compared with other countries.

Readers will no doubt suggest many others.

Your article should be about 500 words long, and follow the ground-rules below. It must be supported by data drawn from reliable sources; illustrative images will also be welcome. Quality of presentation is not important when an article is offered: your offer will be assessed only on content.

To offer an article, email the moderators.